School of Nursing and Health Professions- Nursing

Dr. Jacklyn Gentry, Chairperson
jgentry8@missouriwestern.edu
(816) 271-4415
missouriwestern.edu/nursing/

The Department of Nursing offers a baccalaureate degree in Nursing (BSN) that provides a foundation of knowledge and skills necessary to be eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Upon satisfactory completion of this examination, the candidate is licensed as a registered professional nurse (RN). In addition, a RN-BSN track is offered for RNs who have graduated from an approved ADN, AAS-Nursing, or diploma program and wish to obtain their BSN. RN-BSN students must hold a current, unencumbered RN license.

The BSN program is designed with a strong clinical emphasis, based upon the relationship among the concepts of nursing, person, health-illness, environment, nursing education, nursing research, and ethical concepts applied to nursing. Students gain both theoretical knowledge and practical experience in healthcare agencies to prepare them to respond to the challenge of providing quality nursing care to individuals and groups. Clinical agencies require criminal background checks and may refuse to allow a student to gain experience in a clinical agency in accordance with provisions of Missouri State Law. A minimum grade of C in each course in the major is required for progression in and completion of the nursing program. The program is fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Missouri Western State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org.)

The Department of Nursing allows individuals who have been admitted to the B.S.N. program, who have a current, unencumbered Missouri license to practice as a licensed practical nurse (L.P.N.), to apply for advanced placement through tested experience. LPNs who have completed the Army’s practical nurse program or airmen who have completed the Air Force 4N Training Program may apply for advanced placement. Other military medical service (e.g.Navy, Marine Corp, Coast Guard) personnel with equivalent training as the Army’s practical nurse program or the Air Force 4N Training Program may request review of credentials. Tested experience is established through verification of LPN license, standardized testing, and skills validation of select competencies. Please contact the Department of Nursing for specific information on testing procedures and scheduling.

Progression Requirements

Students must achieve a grade of "C" or higher in all required nursing courses in order to continue progression in the Nursing Program. Any student who receives a final course grade of C in two or more nursing courses in a single semester during the Nursing Program will be placed on nursing academic probation. Students placed on Nursing Academic Probation will be required to enroll in NUR 300 Strategies for Success in Nursing in order to progress in the nursing curriculum. Specific Nursing progression, probation, and dismissal policies are available in the Department of Nursing.

Eligibility for Nursing Licensure

Completion of the BSN program does not guarantee eligibility to take the national licensure examination (NCLEX-RN). Completion of the program guarantees eligibility to apply to the State Board of Nursing to take the national licensure examination (NCLEX-RN). A criminal background check is conducted by the Missouri State Board of Nursing before a decision is made regarding certificate of registration or authority; permit or license pursuant to section 335.011 to 335.066 for any one or any combination of causes stated in 335.066 subsection 2 of the State of Missouri Nursing Practice Act. Specific information may be obtained by contacting the Missouri State Board of Nursing.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen desiring to enter the 4-year BSN program should declare a pre-major in Nursing at the time of enrollment. Application to the Nursing Program should be made one full semester prior to the anticipated beginning of nursing courses. A selection committee reviews all applicants and determines those who will be admitted. General admission to the College does not admit a student to the baccalaureate degree program in nursing. Admission is competitive. Applications must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • The applicant must apply and be admitted to MWSU.
  • The applicant must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.7.
  • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) test score of 58.7% (academic preparedness category of proficiency) or above is required.
  • The applicant must have completed or be currently enrolled in all general studies and nursing support courses (and earn a grade of C or higher in each support class, as well as MAT 110, MAT 112 or MAT 116).
  • High school seniors and MWSU freshman with outstanding academic records should contact the Department of Nursing for information about early acceptance in the nursing program.

All required general studies and support courses for the nursing major must be completed prior to beginning nursing courses. Students should work closely with their academic advisors to select appropriate courses. Taking and passing prerequisite courses does not assure acceptance into the BSN program. A completed application and current transcripts must be submitted to the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) by January 15 for a candidate to be considered for admission for fall and by July 31 for consideration for spring. Instructions for the TEAS test and NursingCAS can be found on Department of Nursing webpage.

NUR 050  Graduate Transfer Course Work     Credits: 1-12

NUR 283  Introduction to Research Methods in Nursing     Credits: 1-2

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Introduction to basic research in nursing. Individual and team projects involving methods for solving nursing-related research problems. Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval.

NUR 300  Strategies for Success in Nursing     Credits: 1

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: This course focuses on strategies for success in the Nursing Program including time management, critical thinking, strategic studying and test-taking skills, and selected content areas requiring more focused review and practice. Students on Nursing Academic Probation are required to enroll; may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite(s): Admission to nursing program.

NUR 302  Introduction to Standards-Based Nursing     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Concepts and theories for standards-based, holistic nursing practice including understanding of basic skills and technologies for health promotion and disease prevention. Three credit hours lecture. Must be taken concurrently with NUR 303. Prerequisite(s): Admission to nursing program.

NUR 303  Introduction to Clinical Nursing Practice     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Clinical practicum focused on fundamental nursing skills and holistic patient assessment. 40 clinical practicum and 95 lab/simulation hours per semester. Must be taken concurrently with NUR 302. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the nursing program.

NUR 306  Holistic Assessment     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Standards-based holistic assessment across the lifespan. Three credit hours lecture. Prerequisite(s): Admission to nursing program.

NUR 308  Professional Concepts in Nursing     Credits: 1

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: This course will explore professional concepts in nursing from a historical and theoretical framework. Ethical and legal issues as well as professional standards will be introduced within the context of collaborative interdisciplinary healthcare. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the nursing program.

NUR 314  Quantitative Analysis for Health Care Research     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Fundamentals of statistics with a practical application to evidence based practice in health care. Emphasizes understanding and practical application of descriptive and inferential statistical procedures with a major concentration on the correct use of statistics, statistical assumptions, and interpretation of statistical results. Statistical software is used to assist in the analysis. Prerequisite(s): Admission to nursing program and a grade of C or higher in MAT 110 or MAT 110E, MAT 111 or MAT 111E, MAT 112, or MAT 116.

NUR 334  Pharmacology I     Credits: 2

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: An introduction to basic pharmacological principles and skills for safe and effective standards based nursing practice. Prerequisite(s): Admission to nursing program.

NUR 336  Pharmacology II     Credits: 2

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Builds on the foundation of Pharmacology I and emphasizes a comprehensive examination of pharmacotherapeutics and related nursing implications. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in NUR 302, NUR 303, NUR 306, NUR 308, NUR 314, and NUR 334.

NUR 363  Adult Health I     Credits: 5

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Examination of Health Alterations with application of nursing process to provide standards-based holistic care for individuals in acute and chronic health care environments. Five credit hours lecture. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in NUR 302, NUR 303, NUR 306, NUR 308, NUR 314, and NUR 334.

NUR 364  Adult Health Clinical I     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Standards-based application of the nursing process to adult and geriatric patient populations experiencing acute and chronic health alterations in a variety of clinical settings. 180 clinical practicum hours. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in NUR 302, NUR 303, NUR 306, NUR 308, NUR 314, and NUR 334.

NUR 384  Bridge to Baccalaureate Nursing     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: This course examines professional nursing within the health care delivery system, incorporating the conceptual framework of the Nursing Department at Missouri Western State University (MWSU). The course includes examination of the historical development and theoretical basis of the practice of professional nursing. The course also explores standards-based practice and the role of the baccalaureate nurse. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MWSU Department of Nursing RN to BSN program.

NUR 385  Health Promotion and Assessment for the RN-BSN Student     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: In-depth study of the nursing process with emphasis on the assessment phase for persons in varied health care settings and of all age groups. A systems approach to health examination is presented. Students will learn and demonstrate holistic assessment skills. Two hours of class, two hours of lab practice each week. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent enrollment in NUR 384.

NUR 395  Nursing Research in Practice     Credits: 2

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: An introduction to evidence-based practice for the professional nurse. This course focuses on the utilization of research in standards-based nursing practice. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in NUR 302, NUR 303, NUR 306, NUR 308, NUR 314, and NUR 334, or NUR 384 and NUR 385.

NUR 402  Maternal/Newborn Nursing     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Standards-based holistic care of pregnant women and newborns. 2 credit hours lecture, 45 clinical practicum hours. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in NUR 336, NUR 363, NUR 364 and NUR 395.

NUR 403  Pediatric Nursing     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Standards-based holistic care of infants, children and adolescents. 2 credit hours lecture, 45 clinical practicum hours. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in NUR 336, NUR 363, NUR 364, NUR 395, and NUR 435.

NUR 422  Adult Health II     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Examination of acute and chronic health alterations in all stages of adulthood with an emphasis on the care of adult populations in complex care environments. This course builds upon course content in NUR 363. Four hours lecture. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in NUR 336, NUR 363, NUR 364, NUR 395, and NUR 435.

NUR 423  Adult Health Clinical II     Credits: 2

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Standards-based application of the nursing process to adults with acute and chronic health alterations in acute and complex care settings. 72 clinical practicum hours and 18 lab/simulation hours per semester. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in NUR 336, NUR 363, NUR 364, NUR 395, and NUR 435.

NUR 424  Care Coordination Across the Lifespan     Credits: 2

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Development of skills in managing the care of patients across the lifespan in a variety of healthcare settings. Content includes nursing care management models, quality improvement, discharge planning and strategies for managing high-risk client populations. Implications for healthcare policy, resource utilization and health systems management are explored. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in NUR 336, NUR 363, NUR 364, NUR 395, and NUR 435.

NUR 435  Mental Health Nursing     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Standards-based holistic care of individuals with acute or chronic psychiatric disorders. Two credit hour lecture, 45 clinical practicum hours. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in NUR 302, NUR 303, NUR 306, NUR 308, NUR 314, and NUR 334.

NUR 450  Independent Research/Project     Credits: 1-3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Investigation of a research problem, project, or topic on an individual conference basis. Prerequisite(s): Completion of the major-minor declaration in nursing, a minimum of a 2.5 GPA in the major field, and department approval.

NUR 453  Community and Population Health     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: An exploration of the nurses' role in community and population health through the use of standards-based practice and nursing ethics. Determinants of health in populations, and the impact of social, ecological, and economic elements on community wellness will be analyzed. An introduction to epidemiology, informatics, and evidence-based practice as they relate to the identification of population health risks and the creation of health communities will be included. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in NUR 402, NUR 403, NUR 422, NUR 423, and NUR 424 or NUR 384 and NUR 385.

NUR 459  Research Application     Credits: 1

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Requires the application of systematic inquiry through the investigation of a problem or topic in nursing practice. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent enrollment in NUR 395.

NUR 474  Nursing Leadership and Management     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Exploration and application of standards-based practice with a focus on the nurse as designer, manager, and coordinator of care. Role transition from student to professional nurse is emphasized. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in NUR 402, NUR 403, NUR 422, NUR 423, and NUR 424 or NUR 384 and NUR 385.

NUR 475  Senior Capstone Clinical     Credits: 7

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Precepted clinical practicum in a variety of practice environments. Focus is on the nurse's role including designer, manager, and coordinator of care in acute-care and community-based settings. Includes application of standards-based practice and role transition with 280 clinical practicum hours. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in NUR 402, NUR 403, NUR 422, NUR 423, and NUR 424 or NUR 384 and NUR 385.

NUR 479  RN-BSN Capstone Clinical     Credits: 3-7

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Precepted clinical practicum in a variety of practice environments. Focus is on the nurse's role including designer, manager, and coordinator of care in leadership/management/ and community-based setting. Includes application of Standards-Based Practice with 280 practicum hours. May be repeated for credit up to 7 hours. Prerequisite(s): NUR 384 and NUR 385.

NUR 488  Nursing Senior Seminar     Credits: 2

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Investigation of RN licensure requirements, preparation, and strategies for success on the NCLEX-RN examination. Prerequisite(s): Senior standing.

NUR 492  Selected Topics In Nursing     Credits: 1-3

Course Description: Offering: F, Sp, Su. A selected group of electives that pertain to the student's special interests. Credit and time arranged. May be repeated for up to 8 hours. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing.

NUR 493  Intraoperative Nursing     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: An elective course focusing on role of the nurse in the operating room and the required practice competencies to support patient care in the intraoperative setting. A minimum of seventy-two hours precepted clinical practice in the operating room is required. Prerequisite(s): NUR 363 and NUR 364 or RN license.

NUR 494  Critical Care Nursing     Credits: 5

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: An elective course consisting of 60 hours of classroom instruction followed by 120 hours of precepted clinical learning experience in a Critical Care Unit. Based on the American Association of Critical Care Nurses core curriculum, the course focuses on standards-based care and the role of the nurse in critical care. Prerequisite(s): NUR 336 and NUR 395, or RN license.

Allison Anderson (2018) Assistant Professor, Nursing. B.S.N., M.S.N., Missouri Western State University.

Julie Baldwin (2004) Associate Professor, Nursing. A.S.N., Riverside Community College; B.S.N., California State University-Fullerton; M.S.N., University of Missouri-Kansas City; DNP, Indiana Wesleyan University.

Cristi Campbell (2004) Associate Professor, Nursing. B.S., Missouri Western State College; M.S., University of Missouri; M.S.N., Vanderbilt University School of Nursing; DNP, University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Mary Carden (2020) Instructor, Nursing. B.S.N, Missouri Western State University; M.S.N, University of Central Missouri.

Tammie Conley (2019) Assistant Professor, Nursing. P.N.P., Northland Career Center; A.D.N., Park University; B.S.N., M.S.N., M.P.H., Ph.D., Univerisyt of Missouri.

Jacklyn Gentry (2018) Chairperson, Assistant Professor, Nursing. B.S.N., Ed.D., University of Arkansas; M.S.N., University of Phoenix.

Mary (Becky) Gregory (2020) Assistant Professor, Nursing. B.S.N.,Missouri Western State College; M.S.N., Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Crystal Harris (1999) Interim Dean of Science and Health and Associate Professor, Nursing. Nursing Diploma, Saint Luke's Hospital School of Nursing; B.S.N., William Jewell College; M.S.N., University of Kansas; Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Heather Kendall (2008) Professor, Nursing. B.S.N., Missouri Western State University; M.S.N., University of Missouri-Kansas City; Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Laura Nold (2014) Instructor, Nursing. B.S.N., M.S.N., Missouri Western State University.

Gretchen Quenstedt-Moe (2009) Associate Professor, Nursing. B.S.N., M.S.N., Ph.D., University of Kansas.

Fiona Sansone (2016) Director for Center of Excellence in Applied Healthcare Learning & Assistant Professor, Nursing. B.S.N., Missouri Western State University; M.S.W., University of Missouri.

Stephanie Stewart (2013) Associate Professor, Nursing. B.S.N., Missouri Western State University; M.S.N., University of Phoenix.

Latha Varghese (2016) Assistant Professor, Nursing. B.S.N., Pondicherry University; M.S.N./A.N.P., University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Pi-Ming Yeh (2008) Associate Professor, Nursing. B.S., Taiwan College of Nursing; M.S., Institute of Medicine in Chung-Shan; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Elissa Zorn (2019) Assistant Professor, Nursing. B.S.N., M.S.N., Missouri Western State University.